New Residence (Albert Street)



Overview

The Queen’s Board of Trustees has approved the development of a new five-storey Albert Street student residence.

Queen’s is building a new 334-bed student residence building on main campus that will target Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

The LEED Gold certification is one of the most popular green building certification programs recognized worldwide, with Gold being the second-highest rating.

The new residence building is being built on Albert Street, South of Union Street on a site that was previously occupied by five (5) university-owned houses.

Two of these charming houses are being integrated into the new building in an effort to retain some of the look and feel of the area.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022.

The Albert Street location was chosen after three potential building sites were analyzed in March of 2019, by external firms Diamond Schmitt Architects and Shoalts & Zaback.

Part of the Site Plan Approval Application (SPA) to the city includes the planting of butternut trees in the arboretum in front of Summerhill. This specific location for the planting will ensure that the butternut trees are protected.

Our SPA agreement also ensures that the City’s standards for developing the land are respected, including assurance that the land is developed, designed and operationalized appropriately. The new residence building will not include a food service outlet, which will limit the number of deliveries to the building. 

The new residence will help in supporting slight undergraduate enrollment growth in 2022 while also serving as a place to house students as we work to renovate some of our older residences.

We will continue to work with area residents to ensure we inform them of potential disruptions and what is being done to mitigate construction impacts.

Project Updates


Updated November 20

Dear Campus Neighbour,

The eastbound lane of Union Street will be closed to traffic between Collingwood Street and Albert Street during the week of November 23, 2020 while water main work is completed. Union Street traffic eastbound will be diverted south along the existing Collingwood Street detour to Queen’s Crescent, and back north along Albert Street during this period (see attached image).

The shared laneway for those parking adjacent to the worksite reopened to traffic on Tuesday, November 17th and should remain uninterrupted throughout this work; parking enforcement in the university’s Tindall surface lot will now resume. Please note the shared laneway can only be accessed when travelling north on Albert Street via the Collingwood Street detour. The southbound lane of Albert Street at Union Street remains excavated and thus impassable. This access limitation includes those accessing the daycare. The temporary daycare drop-off/pick-up spots in the Tindall parking lot will remain to ensure caregivers have a safe spot to stop.

Long-term closure of the sidewalk on the West side of Albert Street is also in effect. It will remain closed for the duration of construction. Jersey Barriers will be installed on the west side of Albert Street once the road has been resurfaced.

The completion of the chain-link safety fence replacement surrounding the worksite will be done the week of November 30th.

Rock excavation to facilitate services on site is expected to generate noise throughout the day. No blasting work will take place, but the mechanical rock removal includes the use of jackhammers and heavy equipment. Concrete footing work continues which means the continued presence of concrete trucks on site.

Utilities Kingston has pushed out the installation of a temporary power pole on the east side of Albert Street into mid-December.

Modified traffic pattern in effect

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Nov 23Closure of eastbound Union Street between Collingwood and Albert for water main workTraffic being detoured south on Collingwood to Albert Street and back to Union. traffic control, excavation, infilling and repaving related noise
Week of Nov 23installation of concrete Jersey barriers west side of Albert St. (pending completion of street work)Street should reopen to 2-way traffic end of day Nov 30
Week of Nov 23Footing installations continue (Completion expected in January)cement truck traffic, general noise
Week of Nov 23Rock excavation for underground servicesJackhammering, mechanical excavation equipment
Week of Nov 30Construction fence replacement (note this was originally scheduled earlier in the month)No anticipated impacts
Week of Dec 12Utility Pole/power installation –  this has been pushed out to mid-Dec by Kingston UtilitiesGeneral installation noise

 

 

 


Project Renderings

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022.

Related Links

View the site plan approval documentation (record #D11-036-2019) via the City of Kingston’s Development and Services Hub.

Queen’s University Gazzette article University proposes new residence building for main campus

Queen’s University Gazzette article Queen’s shares new student residence design


Project News

Check back here for stories and information concerning construction activities that may be of interest to the community

NOTICE: MODIFIED DAYCARE ACCESS DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

November 9, 2020

NOTICE: MODIFIED DAYCARE ACCESS DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

 As part of our work at the new Queen’s University Student Residence, we will be installing new watermain along Albert St. between the residence and Union St.  This will require closure of the southbound lane of Albert St. between Union St. and Queen’s Cres. from Wednesday Nov. 11th to Friday Nov. 20th.  Long-term closure of the sidewalk on the West side of Albert St. by our client Graham Construction and Engineering LP will also commence during this period and it will remain closed for most of the duration of new Residence construction.

 During the lane closure described above, the daycare drop-off / pick up area on Albert St. can still be used, however access will only be from the northbound direction of Albert St.  ie: cars will be able to enter while travelling northbound, and must back-out and exit the area continuing northbound, as the southbound lane will be closed and barricaded off.  

 It is VERY STRONGLY DISCOURAGED for any southbound vehicle to enter Albert St. from Union St. and attempt to use the wrong lane to access the daycare during this time.  We would kindly request that you communicate this extremely important information to your patrons in order to minimize any confusion and potential safety hazards.  

We will have traffic control personnel on-site to assist and ensure safe entry and exit from the daycare access.

 The map below illustrates the modified daycare access:

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and will work diligently to minimize all negative impacts.

NOTICE OF UNDERGROUND WORKS CONSTRUCTION

November 6, 2020

NOTICE OF UNDERGROUND WORKS CONSTRUCTION

Please be advised that there will be underground construction undertaken along Albert Street beginning November 9, 2020, with expected completion by December 31, 2020.

Access along Albert Street and to the laneway adjacent to the university’s new residence site may be interrupted on occasion, but access will be maintained throughout the work.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 response, most employees are working remotely. Questions should be submitted via email to newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.

Location of Works (indicated by orange highlight)

Pre-Construction Survey Notice

October 14, 2020

Pre-Construction Survey Notice
Development of Albert Street Student Residence
Kingston, Ontario


Dear Resident/Owner,


Graham Construction & Engineering Inc (Graham), on behalf of Queen University, will soon be constructing a new five-story student residence located on Albert Street on the Northside of campus. Based on the project requirements, DST Consulting Engineers Inc. has been retained Graham to perform pre-construction surveys of the buildings in the vicinity of the project noted above.


Generally, pre-construction surveys are conducted as a measure to alleviate concerns expressed by the property owners in the vicinity of the construction activities. The surveys will also provide a baseline for assessment and evaluation of any issues arising during and after completion of the construction operations. Pre-construction surveys are only intended to provide a representative sampling of pre-existing deficiencies that are present in every building, but not an exhaustive exercise of recording all minute cracks and deformities in every building component.


The survey will take approximately one hour to complete, depending on the size of your building, and is free of charge to the building/homeowner. This will entail recording the existing conditions of the exterior of your building and landscape using video cameras, by DST staff. If you wish to have your home or building surveyed, or a portion of it surveyed, please contact our Project Coordinator, Tony at 613-858-2287 or at telasmar@dstgroup.com to book an appointment with DST at your earliest convenience. We will respond to your request no later than two (2) business days. If you do not wish to have the survey done, please also notify us.


Typically, both interior and exterior surveys are performed, however due to the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation, the surveys will be conducted on the exterior of the building only. Alternatively, we recommend that you complete an interior survey of your property and this information can be submitted to DST if you wish. This information may be used in the future to assist all parties involved in the unlikely event that damage is caused to any buildings during construction operations. Please note, your interior survey should include dated photographs and/or videos.
We would like to take this opportunity to explain the precautionary measures we have put in place to allow this important work to proceed safely:

  • The DST representative will knock on your door and step back to ensure a two-meter distance has been created. DST personnel will be wearing gloves and a face mask.
  • You will be asked for your consent for us to proceed with the exterior survey of your property.
    • If you wish to reschedule or decline the survey, we will not proceed.
    • If you provide consent, we request that you unlock any locked gate in advance of the DST representative’s visit. This will further support physical distancing while the DST representative pursues the external review.
  • During the exterior survey, the DST representative will use a video camera to capture the existing exterior conditions of your building and landscaping features.

If you decline an exterior survey, you may also choose to complete your own exterior survey prior to the commencement of construction activities. As mentioned above, the survey should include dated photographs and/or video and they can be submitted to DST if you wish. Please note that an exterior survey of publicly viewable/accessible areas of your property will be carried out if we are unsuccessful in reaching you. In order to remain impartial, and in compliance with the Privacy Act (PIPED), the records from DST’s survey as well as any provided to DST will remain in DST’s Ottawa office and will only be released if there is a claim filed in writing, and with the authorization of the property owner.

For more information about the new residence at Albert street, please visit https://residences.housing.queensu.ca/our-buildings/building-descriptions/new-residence-albert-street/ or contact newresidenceproject@queensu.ca.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation and your patience and we look forward to hearing from you soon.


Yours very truly,
DST Consulting Engineers Inc.

DST Consulting Engineers Inc., A Division of Englobe

 

Archives

Update: November 17, 2020

Albert Street work extended through tomorrow November 17, 2020

 

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the closure of the access lane contiguous to the Residence project will need to be extended through tomorrow November 17, 2020.  Parking (anywhere) in Tindall Field parking lot will remain available through this period.

As a reminder:

Excavation work has begun on Albert Street to facilitate upgrades to offsite services including the water main, sewer and other utilities. This work required the temporary closure of the property’s shared laneway as the street is excavated.

The temporary parking area in the Tindall parking lot has been designated with appropriate signage. Also note that once the services work is complete, Jersey barriers will be installed on the west side of Albert Street which will restrict street parking in front of the worksite.

We understand this is an inconvenience and we appreciate your patience through the construction.

Update: November 13, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Excavation work has begun on Albert Street to facilitate upgrades to offsite services including the water main, sewer and other utilities.  You are reminded that this work requires the temporary closure of the property’s shared laneway access next Monday, November 16, 2020.  

The University is providing alternate parking for anyone impacted by the blocked laneway, at its Tindall Field parking lot (Albert Street at Union Street) from Sunday morning through to Monday evening. Anyone who normally parks behind the properties  adjacent to the residence project and who may need to use their vehicle at any point on Monday is encouraged to move it to the alternate parking area not later than Sunday evening, as once the laneway is closed on Monday there will be no access between the parking area and the roadway while work is underway. 

The temporary parking area in the Tindall parking lot has been designated with appropriate signage and staff will be on hand to help direct drivers. Also note that once the services work is complete, Jersey barriers will be installed on the west side of Albert Street which will restrict street parking in front of the worksite.

The excavation of Albert Street has also required the closure of Albert Street to southbound traffic between Union St. and Queen’s Crescent through to Friday, November 20th. Drivers wishing to travel south on Albert must enter the area via the detour along Collingwood Street. There have been reports of drivers ignoring the detour signage on Albert, which puts workers in the area at risk. The attached diagram illustrates the temporary traffic detour that is now in place.

During the southbound lane closure, the daycare drop-off / pick up area on Albert Street is still be accessible (except for Monday, November 16th as outlined). Cars must enter from the (one-way) northbound lane on Albert, and must then back-out and continue northbound. Traffic control personnel are on site to assist and ensure safe entry and exit from the daycare access.

Long-term closure of the sidewalk on the West side of Albert Street is also in effect. It will remain closed for the duration of construction.

The replacement of the chain-link safety fence surrounding the worksite with a new 8’ fence (with debris mesh) has been partially completed and should be finished by the end of the week.

Rock excavation on site is expected to generate noise throughout the day. No blasting work will take place, but the mechanical rock removal includes the use of jackhammers and heavy equipment. Some of this work is being done to build a base for a construction crane that will be erected on site in coming weeks. Concrete trucks will also begin arriving this week. All work will take place between 7 AM and 7 PM.

Utilities Kingston has pushed out the installation of a temporary power pole on the east side of Albert Street into mid-December.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 334 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Modified traffic pattern to Friday November 20, 2020

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Nov 16Construction fence replacement (continued)No anticipated impacts
Week of Nov 16Footing installations begin (ongoing)cement truck traffic, general noise
Week of Nov 16Rock excavationJackhammering, mechanical excavation equipment
Week of Nov 16Underground construction for services (continued)Excavation, pipe bedding, re-covering
Nov 16– Nov 20Road closure/road cuts Albert Street and southbound lane closureNov 16 temporary access restriction to laneway – alternate parking at
Tindall Field.  
Nov 16-20 traffic pattern change
Week of Nov 23Concrete base installation for craneCement trucks, general noise
Week of Nov 23Pending completion of work on
Albert St., installation of concrete Jersey barriers west side of Albert St.
signage, traffic control, loading equipment and related noise
Week of Dec 12Utility Pole/power installation –  this has been pushed out to mid-Dec by Kingston UtilitiesGeneral installation noise
Update: November 10, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Significant work has begun on site. The current chain-link safety fence surrounding the worksite is being removed and replaced with an 8’ fence with debris mesh installed. Bulk excavation of rock and soil continues this week, with trucks taking the material off site.

This work is expected to generate noise throughout the day. No blasting work will take place, but the use of mechanical rock removal will begin which can include the use of jackhammers and heavy equipment. Part of this work is to build a base for a construction crane on site next week. Work will take place between 7 AM and 7 PM.

Utilities Kingston is installing a temporary power pole on the east side of Albert Street near Union Street to re-route power during construction.

Excavation work will begin on Albert Street this Wednesday to facilitate work on offsite services including the water main, sewer and other utilities.  Please note that this work will require the temporary closure of laneway access next Monday, November 16, 2020.

The University will provide alternate parking at its Tindall Field parking lot (Albert Street at Union Street) from Sunday morning to Monday evening. Anyone who may need to use their vehicle at any point on Monday is encouraged to move their vehicle to the alternate parking area on Sunday.  The area will be designated with appropriate signage. Once the services work is complete, Jersey barriers will be installed on the west side of Albert Street which will restrict parking in front of the worksite.

The work to install a new water main along Albert Street between the residence and Union Street will also require the closure of Albert Street to southbound traffic between Union St. and Queen’s Crescent from Wednesday November 11th to Friday November 20th. This closure to two-way traffic on Albert will not affect laneway access, but will require traffic accessing the laneway to do so by travelling north on Albert. The attached diagram illustrates the temporary traffic detour that will be in place.

During the lane closure, the daycare drop-off / pick up area on Albert Street will still be accessible (except for Monday, November 16th as outlined). Cars will be able to enter while travelling northbound on Albert, and must then back-out and continue northbound, as the southbound lane will be closed and barricaded off.  Traffic control personnel will be on site to assist and ensure safe entry and exit from the daycare access.

Long-term closure of the sidewalk on the West side of Albert St. will also commence during this period and it will remain closed for the duration of construction.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 334 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Modified traffic pattern Wednesday November 11th to Friday November 20th

 

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Nov 9Construction fence replacementNo anticipated impacts
Week of Nov 9Utility Pole/power installationGeneral installation noise
Week of Nov 9Bulk excavation of rock and soilJackhammering, mechanical excavation equipment
Week of Nov 9Underground construction for servicesExcavation, pipe bedding, re-covering
Nov 11– Nov 20Road closure/road cuts Albert Street and southbound lane closureNov 16 temporary access restriction in AM (4 hours) to laneway
Nov 11-20 traffic pattern change
Week of Nov 16Concrete base installation for craneCement trucks, general noise
Week of Nov 16Installation of concrete Jersey barriers along the west side of Albert St.signage, traffic control, loading equipment and related noise

 

Update: November 2, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

There is a lot to update you on this week and a lot of activity has begun to happen on site.

Robert Polegato, whom many of you may recognize as our project manager, has retired. We are sorry to see Bob go, as he built several of the residences on campus and takes with him a wealth of experience. We thank him for all of his hard work getting the project to this point and we wish him every happiness in his retirement.

Since Bob’s departure, Queen’s has worked on securing a dedicated project team for the Albert Street Residence project.  We have been successful, and the team will be brought up to speed this week, and next week we will provide more information about this.

Our adjoining neighbours recently received a “pre-construction” survey letter. While the survey might normally involve an interior visit as well as exterior, this was not done given the current COVID-19 epidemic. The letter explained in detail why this was not being done, and what steps owners could take to create photographic or other records to help document their interior prior to construction, should they later discover any damage they might attribute to construction. The survey company has already reached out to any homeowners where the surveyor felt attaching sensors to a home exterior would be prudent.

The next few weeks will see more activity on site, and with it more noise. Bulk excavation is anticipated to start this week as the contractor begins to remove soil and possibly some rock, and this work is expected to generate noise throughout the day. No blasting work will take place, but the use of mechanical rock removal will begin which can include the use of jackhammers and heavy equipment. Part of this work is to build a base for a construction crane on site in the next few weeks. Work will take place between 7 AM and 7 PM.

Utilities Kingston will be installing a temporary power pole on the east side of Albert Street near Union Street to re-route power during construction. Homeowners can expect to receive a notice concerning the underground construction in the mail. Tree removal will also continue, with chainsaw noise and stump grinding taking place.

Albert Street will also see more digging as work to upgrade utilities including electrical and communication wiring, as well as a water main. Some of this work may impact local resident access to drop-off for the Queen’s Daycare; where this occurs the University will provide an alternate drop off location so parents can still drop their kids off at the daycare safely.  Once the services work is complete, Jersey barriers will be installed on the west side of Albert Street which will restrict parking in front of the worksite.  

We will post a graphic to the residence project webpage later this week to help residents understand where the aforementioned work will take place, as well as the traffic pattern that will be followed by trucks entering or exiting the site as part of the excavation.

Short delays for motorists may be unavoidable during some of this work, however the university will continue to ensure there is safe access to the parking areas served by the existing laneway.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 334 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Nov 2Locating and marking of services on siteNo impacts
Week of Nov 2Tree removalChainsaw and stump grinder noise
Week of Nov 2Utility Pole/power installationGeneral installation noise
Week of Nov 2Bulk excavation of rockJackhammering, mechanical excavation equipment
Week of Nov 9Underground construction for servicesExcavation, pipe bedding, re-covering
Week of Nov 16Concrete base installation for craneCement trucks, general noise
Late NovemberInstallation of concrete Jersey barriers along the west side of Albert St.signage, traffic control, loading equipment and related noise
Update: October 23, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

The week of October 26 will see the continuation of construction trailer arrivals and the establishment of a site compound in Tindall parking lot. As a reminder, parking will be restricted on the west side of Albert, in front of the worksite, throughout the duration of the project. Some additional fencing enhancements are being made and activities such as surveying and location of services will also continue. None of these activities are expected to interfere with laneway access.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 334 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Week of Oct 26Site compound setup in the South West area of the Tindall surface parking lotContractor site trailers arriving, set up
Week of Oct 26Installation of concrete Jersey barriers along the west side of Albert St. This will remove parking along Albert Street in front of the project site for the extent of projectsignage, traffic control, loading equipment and related mechanical equipment noise when barriers are placed
Week of Oct 26Site surveying to confirm reference pointsNo impacts
Week of Oct 26Locating and marking of services on siteNo impacts
Week of Oct 26Enhancements to site fencingNo impacts to laneway access
Week of Oct 26Phase 3 of tree removalChainsaw noise and disposal activities

Update: October 19, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

The construction phase is now set to begin. This week will see the arrival of construction trailers and the establishment of a site compound in Tindall parking lot. Parking will be restricted on the west side of Albert, in front of the worksite, throughout the duration of the project. Some additional fencing enhancements are being made and activities such as surveying and location of services will be done. None of these activities are expected to interfere with laneway access.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
Week of Oct 19Site compound setup in the South West area of the Tindall surface parking lotContractor site trailers arriving, set up
Week of Oct 19Installation of concrete Jersey barriers along the west side of Albert St. This will remove parking along Albert Street in front of the project site for the extent of projectsignage, traffic control, loading equipment and related mechanical equipment noise when barriers are placed
Week of Oct 19Site surveying to confirm reference pointsNo impacts
Week of Oct 19Locating and marking of services on siteNo impacts
Week of Oct 19Enhancements to site fencing (increasing height 2’)No impacts to laneway access
Week of Oct 19 (pending)Phase 3 of tree removalWhen this proceeds, chainsaw noise and disposal activities

Update: October 2, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors (this was the case this past week as we experienced a weather delay).

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
October 5 (week of)communications manholeExcavation, backfill and compaction activities on site
October 5
(week of)
Install protective fencing and dust protection around daycareHammering noise from carpentry
Update: September 25, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Phase 1 of the project is now winding down and we are preparing for Phase 2 to begin in early October.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
September 28 (week of)communications manholeExcavation, backfill and compaction activities on site
September 28 (week of)Restore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control
September 30Install protective fencing and dust protection around daycareHammering noise from carpentry
Update: August 14, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. No significant changes from last week. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Phase 1 of the project is now winding down and we are preparing for Phase 2 to begin in early September.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
August 17-21Miscellaneous demolition and cleanupWaste disposal
August 17 (week of)Fire hydrant installationAll work within the construction site, no impacts to access.
August 17 (week of)communications manholeExcavation, backfill and compaction activities on site
TBDRestore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control


Update: August 7, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The dates below are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Phase 1 of the project is now winding down and we are preparing for Phase 2 to begin in early September.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast
Dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors.
 Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
August 10-11Final site cleanup and demobilizing demolition and abatementWaste disposal
August 17 (week of)Fire hydrant installationAll work within the construction site, no impacts to access.
August 17 (week of)communications manholeExcavation, backfill and compaction activities on site
TBDRestore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control
Update: July 31, 2020

Campus Neighbour,

As we head into the long weekend, please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The anticipated dates are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

We want to thank everyone accessing the parking area for their patience and understanding as we recently worked through some unanticipated short-term adjustments on site to facilitate some demolition work, and we appreciated your cooperation in making that process go smoothly. We are now in the process of completing some site cleanup.

We recognize the schedule for the fire hydrant work has been subject to frequent changes. We will soon have a definitive date and we will communicate that date as soon as possible. We apologize for any frustration this issue has caused. The site safety fence should be completed in the next week. 

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Update: July 31st

Construction Forecast
Anticipated dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
August 3 – 7Site cleanup, following demolitionsWaste disposal
August 4 – 5Complete site safety fencing and gatesIntermittent equipment noise
TBDFire hydrant installationAlbert Street road cut and excavation, reduced passage on Albert St, signage and traffic control. Backfill and compaction.
TBDAlbert Street Fire hydrant
Flow Test
Pressured water flow from new hydrant.
TBDRestore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control
Update: July 27, 2020

Dear Campus Neighbour,

Please find below our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. The anticipated dates are accurate as of the time of writing, but may be subject to change based on weather and other factors.

Current Activities

·        Demolition of 148, 152 and 154 Albert Street are complete.

  • Site clean-up will continue, with completion of the site fencing anticipated July 30 and 31.

Work affecting Albert Street

·         Work on the fire hydrant that was scheduled for  July 22 – July 24 will be rescheduled for a later date.

Work affecting the laneway

  • Minimal impact while safety fencing is completed.

 

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway. Please contact us if you have any questions.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

 Construction Impact Forecast         
Anticipated dates are accurate at time of reporting, but could be subject to change due to weather and other factors         
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
July 27-31Site cleanupWaste disposal
July 30-31Complete site safety fencing and gatesIntermittent equipment noise
TBDFire hydrant installationAlbert Street road cut and excavation, reduced passage on Albert St, signage and traffic control. Backfill and compaction.
TBDAlbert Street Fire hydrant
Flow Test
Pressured water flow from new hydrant.
   
TBDRestore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control

 

 

Update: July 20, 2020

Campus Neighbour,

In our communication to you sent on July 17, we indicated that the demolition of 154 Albert St. would take place on Monday, July 20.  Due to unforeseen circumstances we were unable to undertake the demolition work on Monday.  We are now in a position to be able to underrate the demolition of 154 Albert St. this morning.

After consulting with our contractor and the Ministry of Labour, it has been determined that, for safety reasons, the demolition of 154 Albert Street will require a portion of the northern section of the laneway to be closed for a six hour period after the commencement of demolition.

During this time, access to the rear of 188 and 188 ½ Union St. will remain available via the regular Albert Street laneway entrance.

Access to all other properties on Union and Collingwood St. that use the laneway will be via a temporary laneway access point between the houses at 142 and 144 Albert Street. Please see the attached plan which illustrates the temporary access point and the area of the laneway that will be closed during this approximately 6-hour window.  Should anyone wish to park on the Tindal surface parking lot. Parking is currently free and no permit is required.

During that time there will be personnel and signage on site to help control traffic.

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Current Activities

·        Demolition of 148 and 152 Albert Street are complete. 154 Albert St. will be demolished starting on Monday, July 20.

  • Site clean-up will continue and happen concurrently, with completion of the site fencing anticipated July 27-29.

Work affecting Albert Street

·         Work on the fire hydrant that was scheduled for  July 22 – July 24 will be rescheduled for a later date.

Work affecting the laneway (Access temporarily provided via an alternate route)

·        After consulting with our contractor, it has been determined that, for safety reasons, the demolition of 154 Albert Street will require a portion of the northern section of the laneway to be closed on Monday, July 20 between 8 am and 2 pm.

  • During this time, access to the rear of 188 and 188 ½ Union St. will remain available via the regular Albert Street laneway entrance.
  • Access to all other properties on Union and Collingwood St. that use the laneway will be via a temporary laneway access point between the houses at 142 and 144 Albert Street. Please see the attached plan which illustrates the temporary access point and the area of the laneway that will be closed during this approximately 6-hour window.

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway. Please contact us if you have any questions. The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting a LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

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Updated July 20th

Construction Forecast
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent; could be subject to change
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM.

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
July 20 – 22Demolition of 154 Albert StreetHeavy equipment use. Signage and traffic control. Alternate laneway access on July 20 for most properties.
July 20-24Site cleanupHammering and waste disposal
July 27-29Complete site safety fencing and gatesIntermittent equipment noise
TBDFire hydrant installationAlbert Street road cut and excavation, reduced passage on Albert St, signage and traffic control. Backfill and compaction.
TBDAlbert Street Fire hydrant
Flow Test
Pressured water flow from new hydrant.
TBDRestore asphalt on Albert StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control
Update: July 10, 2020

Campus Neighbour,

Please find attached our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project.  

Current Activities

·         Demolition of 152 Albert Street will take place beginning July 13, after which 154 Albert will be demolished. Site cleanup will happen concurrently. The demolition of 148 Albert will follow on July 21-23.

·         Tree removal completion will be done July 22-23, which will clear the area for the building footprint.

Work affecting Albert Street

·         Work on the fire hydrant will now be done July 22 – July 24 (there were some administrative delays). This work will necessitate road cutting, excavation, backfilling, compaction and asphalt patching on Albert Street south of Union. This will restrict passage on Albert Street but it will remain open. Signage and traffic control will be in place. The fire hydrant flow test will take place July 27, but should not impact residents.

Work affecting the laneway (laneway will remain open)

·         (nothing anticipated in this period)

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building is targeting LEED Gold standard, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Construction Impact Forecast ·        
Dates accurate at time of reporting but weather and permit-dependent and could be subject to change · 
Work will take place between 7 AM – 7 PM

Date(s)ActivityNeighbours may notice
July 13-17Demolition of 152 Albert Street followed by 154 Albert StreetHeavy equipment use. Signage and traffic control.
July 13-17Site cleanupHammering and waste disposal
July 21-23Demolition of 148 AlbertHeavy equipment use. Signage and traffic control.
July 22-23Tree removal completionChain saws in use. Chipper to dispose of debris.
July 22-24Fire hydrant installationAlbert Street road cut and excavation, reduced passage on Albert St, signage and traffic control. Backfill and compaction.
July 27Alberta Street Fire hydrant
Flow Test
Pressured water flow from new hydrant.
July 27Complete site safety fencing and gatesIntermittent equipment noise
July 28Restore asphalt on Alberta StreetReduced passage, signage and traffic control
Update: June 26, 2020

Campus Neighbour,

Please find attached our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project.

There were some additional date adjustments, but no significant changes to the work scheduled to take place. The capping of the municipal services is complete. The fire hydrant installation experienced some delays due to complications with the city water main.

Current Activities

  • Work continues on interior demolition work of the houses at the south end of the site and is expected to be finished July 3.
  • Removal of four trees between houses at 142-144 Albert will now take place July 2 – July 8.
    The removal of these trees is part of the project, however, removing them now also facilitates another access point into the work area. This work will not interfere with laneway access.
  • The demolition of 152 Albert Street will be done July 7 – July 10. Heavy equipment will be in use. Signage and traffic control will be in place. This will not impact the laneway.

Work affecting Albert Street

  • Work on the fire hydrant installation is slated to proceed July 6 – July 9. This work will necessitate road cutting, excavation, backfilling, compaction and asphalt patching on Albert Street south of Union. This will restrict passage on Albert Street but it will remain open. Signage and traffic control will be in place. The fire hydrant flow test will take place July 10, but should not impact residents.

Work affecting the laneway (laneway will remain open)

  • The installation of our site safety fencing is scheduled to be done Jun 25 – July 10 and will involve the use of a skid steer. The laneway will remain passable, though reduced to a single lane width while the equipment is present. Neighbours will also notice some intermittent noise as fence posts are installed.

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building will be built to LEED Gold standards, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Update: June 19, 2020

Campus Neighbour,

Please find attached our most recent construction forecast concerning our Albert Street Residence Project. 

There were a few small date adjustments, but no significant changes to the work scheduled to take place.

Yesterday evening, Queen’s site plan control application was endorsed by the City of Kingston’s Planning Committee and referred back to city staff for finalization.

Current Activities

  • Work continues on interior demolition work of the houses at the north end of the site and is expected to be finished June 25. 
  • Removal of four trees between houses at 142-144 Albert will now take place June 24-26. 
    The removal of these trees is part of the project, however, removing them now also facilitates another access point into the work area. This work will not interfere with laneway access.
  • The demolition of 152 Albert Street will be done June 29 – July 3. Heavy equipment will be in use. Signage and traffic control will be in place. This will not impact the laneway.

Work affecting Albert Street 

  • Work on the fire hydrant installation is slated to proceed June 22-26. This work will necessitate road cutting and excavation, and backfilling, compaction and patching on Albert Street south of Union. This will restrict passage on Albert Street but it will remain open. Signage and traffic control will be in place. The fire hydrant flow test will take place June 29, but should not impact residents.
  • Capping of site services (utilities) will now be done June 24 – Jul 3. This work will necessitate road cutting and excavation, and backfilling, compaction and patching at five spots along Albert Street south of Union. This will restrict passage on Albert Street but it will remain open. Signage and traffic control will be in place. 

Work affecting the laneway (laneway will remain open)

  • The installation of our site safety fencing is on schedule to be done Jun 22 – 24 and will involve the use of a skid steer. The laneway will remain passable, though reduced to a single lane width while the equipment is present. Neighbours will also notice some intermittent noise as fence posts are installed. 
  • The installation of our site safety fencing is scheduled from Jun 22 – 24 and will require the use of a skid steer. The laneway will remain passable, though reduced to a single lane width while the equipment is present. Neighbours will also notice some intermittent noise as fence posts are installed. 

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway. 

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building will be built to LEED Gold standards, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Update: June 12, 2020

Queen’s will now appear before the City of Kingston’s Planning Committee to review our Site Plan Control application on Thursday, June 18, 2020. We were originally scheduled to appear on May 28, but requested our appearance be deferred to a later date so that the university could have time to review and respond to comments by neighbours that were submitted to the Committee just prior to the meeting.

Activities

  • Work is now underway on interior demolition and abatement at 148, 152 and 154 Albert Street. That work is expected to be completed this week. There is also some interior demolition work at 144 Albert that is ongoing through to June 19.
  • On Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday June 11, we will be removing four trees between houses at 142-144 Albert. The removal of these trees is part of the project, however, removing them now also facilitates another access point into the work area. All permits for these removals are in place. A chipper will be on site on Albert Street during this work. It will not interfere with laneway access.

Work affecting Albert Street

  • Work on the fire hydrant installation and capping of other services has shifted slightly. Work on both elements will happen concurrently June 15-22. This work will necessitate road cutting and excavation, and backfilling, compaction and patching at six spots along Albert Street south of Union. This will restrict passage on Albert Street but it will remain open. Signage and traffic control will be in place. The fire hydrant flow test will take place June 22, but should not impact residents.

Work affecting the laneway (laneway will remain open)

  • The installation of our site safety fencing is now scheduled from Jun 22 – 24 and will require the use of a skid steer. The laneway will remain passable, though reduced to a single lane width while the equipment is present. Neighbours will also notice some intermittent noise as fence posts are installed.
  • The work on communication wiring under the laneway has been shifted to June 22-26 (originally scheduled for the 16th). This will necessitate digging up that wiring underneath the laneway at the Albert Street entrance. The laneway will remain open but passage restricted to single lane traffic while the excavation is taking place. The lane will be fully accessible after working hours. Traffic control and signage will be in place.

The University thanks you in advance for your patience and understanding while this work is underway.

It is our intention that this work be as unobtrusive as possible, however drivers may want to allow some extra time through this period. The University remains committed to maintaining users’ access to the laneway throughout the project. As stated last week, we do not foresee any significant access restrictions until late 2021 or early 2022, when we anticipate improvements to the laneway and draining. During any disruption of access, Queen’s will provide laneway users with alternate parking on our Tindall parking lot.

The new residence project is due to be complete and ready for occupancy for the fall of 2022. It will create 338 new housing units for students, and has been designed to meet existing zoning requirements and to provide a sensitive transition to the surrounding neighbourhood. The new building will be built to LEED Gold standards, reflecting Queen’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Update: May 25, 2020

Police Training on site

Kingston Police will be conducting training exercises throughout the day Tuesday, May 26 and Wednesday, May 27 utilizing the empty houses at 148, 152, and 154 Albert Street. Neighbours may notice noise and a police presence. There is no cause for alarm or concern. Access to the laneway will not be impeded. Police have communicated this on social media.

Update: May 13, 2020

Update provided on Albert Street new residence project

Preparatory work for the residence project begins this week. During this time, you can expect to see workers and waste bins present on site. Further details can be found published online.

Contact

If you have questions or comments please contact the team at newresidenceproject@queensu.ca


Frequently asked questions

How and why did you choose the West side of Albert Street as the location for the new residence building?

With few vacant parcels remaining on Main Campus, there are limited major development opportunities.  Therefore, new facilities and uses must be of the highest and best use for their location in order to meet immediate needs while ensuring flexibility for the future.  The Queen’s Campus Master Plan greatly informed the process of determining the most appropriate location for a new student residence.

The Campus Master Plan was completed in the spring of 2014 after a 15-month study period. The vision and recommendations contained in the plan are meant to ensure that the University physically evolves in response to contemporary learning, research, and social needs and that its campus continues to be an exceptional place for students, faculty, staff and Kingston neighbours. As part of the master plan process, a comprehensive consultation program was undertaken that included community events and multiple opportunities for dialogue online, to ensure the Plan was developed in a collaborative manner.

A key consideration for identifying a potential location for the new residence included an appreciation for the historical significance of existing buildings on campus.  As part of the master planning process, buildings were assessed for their historic significance in order to fully understand the highest development potential on campus. 

Buildings identified in blue in Figure 2-3 of the Master Plan have significant heritage value and are required to be protected and incorporated into the new development.  Buildings in purple indicate sites that may be considered for redevelopment but will require special design attention regarding compatibility with adjacent historic neighbourhoods. 

Figure 2-3: Historic Significance (Source: Campus Master Plan, 2014).

Chapter 4 of the Campus Master Plan acknowledges that Queen’s is an urban University centrally located in Kingston.  In addition, as a University with two campuses, the neighbourhoods between these campuses become a daily part of the Queen’s experience.  There is a need to think holistically about the relationship between campuses and the neighbourhoods surrounding them and how campus-wide systems can be co-ordinated to better integrate the campuses.  In particular, campus residences are to be focused to areas with an existing concentration of residence buildings and University-owned lands bordering residential communities. 

Figure 4-4 in the Campus Master Plan identifies different places on and near the campuses that are considered appropriate for different types of housing.  As seen in the figure below, the west side of Albert Street is included within this area, while the Tindall parking lot is excluded from the area intended to accommodate student housing uses. 

Figure 4-4: Campus Housing (Source: Campus Master Plan, 2014)
Figure 4-4: Campus Housing (Source: Campus Master Plan, 2014).

This direction is reinforced in the Precinct Plan applicable to this site.  The Precinct Plans are an important tool for implementing the Campus Master Plan.  They consolidate the opportunities and requirements for campus evolution for each renewal and development site on a place-by-place basis.  The proposed residence site is located within Main Campus Precinct 2 – Tindall Precinct and is identified as Development Parcel 2A.  Development Parcel 2A contemplates the demolition of the existing five buildings and construction of a new structure with a central courtyard.  Permitted uses within 2A include academic, administrative and student residence uses.  The Tindall parking lot on the east side of Albert Street is identified as Development Parcel 2B.  Permitted uses include academic uses, a welcome centre, below-grade parking and athletic and related facilities.  A student residence is not envisioned on Development Parcel 2B.

Figure 9-10: Main Campus Precinct 2 (Source: Campus Master Plan, 2014).
Figure 9-10: Main Campus Precinct 2 (Source: Campus Master Plan, 2014).

As noted previously, the preparation of the Master Plan involved a comprehensive consultation program to ensure the Plan and its recommendations were developed collaboratively.  The consultation program consisted of numerous in-person and online engagement opportunities.  The in-person consultation program included three open houses, a public lecture, a series of stakeholder interviews, and a visioning workshop with invited Queen’s and City of Kingston representatives.  The online engagement program provided an additional forum for community input.  The University hosted a central website with access to study information and materials, while the Consultant Team managed a blog, a Twitter account and a Facebook page to share information, gather input, and host an ongoing dialogue about the physical campus and Queen’s life. 

It is intended that the University will continue its pattern of comprehensively reviewing and updating the Plan on a 10-year cycle.  As part of a future update, Queen’s will introduce the recently acquired St. Mary’s of the Lake property to the master plan and will undertake a comprehensive visioning and consultation program (which will again include area residents), to inform the future use of this site.  In the meantime, the immediate need to construct a student residence can be appropriately accommodated on Albert Street in the proximity of existing food and student life services.

This direction is also found within the Kingston Official Plan, which contains specific policies for Queen’s University.  Section 3.5.A.1 recognizes five existing principal areas of facilities belonging to Queen’s University and directs that the development of these five areas occur through a master planning process.  In this context, it would be premature to advance any major development or re-development of the St. Mary’s of the Lake property until such time as it is examined through a master planning exercise in consultation with the community.

Can you explain the municipal planning approval process?

The Albert Street site is designated Institutional in the City of Kingston Official Plan and is zoned Special Education and Medical Uses “E”.  The proposed student residence use is permitted within these designation and zone categories.  The building is being designed to meet the performance standards of the “E” zone (i.e. setbacks, density, etc.).

The residence will be subject to the Site Plan Control process.  Site Plan Control approval is a technical exercise which ensures the detailed design of the development is appropriate in terms of servicing, access, landscaping and overall quality and appearance.  Detailed plans will be required to be submitted, reviewed and approved by City staff prior to the issuance of building permits.

How will the new residence building be integrated into the surrounding homes to keep the original look and feel of Albert Street?

Queen’s historic buildings and signature green spaces are a fundamental part of the campus experience.  We appreciate that the proposed residence will introduce a new form and architecture to the Albert Street streetscape.  As such, the project team has drawn from the Campus Master Plan for guidance to ensure that the new residence supports the architectural tradition of the campus while incorporating contemporary building techniques and sustainable practices.  Some of the key design objectives, as informed by the Master Plan, include:

  • Placing and massing the building in a way that will frame and animate the street;
  • Achieving setbacks that are consistent with those of neighbouring buildings;
  • Providing visual interest and breaks in the building massing to reduce the perceived size; 
  • Respecting the low-rise and mid-rise scale and general character of development on the campus;
  • Use of materials that are subdued or complementary to the existing structure; and,
  • The use of glazing that is of high performance and without tinting, particularly when enclosing public spaces.

There are several benefits associated with the existing private lane that services this site.  It presents an opportunity to focus servicing activities, such as pick-ups and deliveries and garbage collection, in a service corridor that currently supports access and parking for a number of properties in the area.  Currently, the service entrance is proposed at the rear of the building which will help ensure loading activities and garbage collection are consolidated and screened from view.

It should be noted that as part of the Site Plan Control application, a Detailed Noise Study will be required which will examine potential noise impacts of the development on nearby sensitive uses.  This study will model noise impacts from components such as delivery movements and exterior mechanical equipment and recommend mitigation measures, if required.

The proposed residence will not include vehicular parking, so there are no anticipated traffic impacts associated with the development.  Foot traffic is expected to increase throughout the day as students enter and exit the residence for classes, meals and other activities.

We acknowledge that the new residence will increase student activities along this portion of Albert Street.  The current design focusses exterior amenity space within an enclosed courtyard, which will help to contain potential noise associated with student activities.  Exterior lighting will be located and designed to minimize spillover on adjacent properties.  As part of the Site Plan Control application, a Lighting Plan will be prepared and submitted which will illustrate the location of exterior lighting and the expected light spread pattern.     

Can you address the concerns regarding potential geophysical impacts of the development on surrounding properties?

Queen’s has undertaken a geotechnical investigation, prepared by a qualified geotechnical engineer.  This investigation did not find any evidence of subsurface streams, consequently, we feel confident that the pooling of water is due to surface runoff. A stormwater management report is being prepared to identify all potential drainage-related impacts related to the residence and will assess the quantity and/or quality control of stormwater runoff.  The project is also expected to result in improvements to existing drainage on the private lane through the introduction of improved grading patterns and catch basins. In accordance with City of Kingston policy, post-development runoff cannot exceed pre-development runoff. 

Can you address some of the ecological impacts regarding bird breeding and migration?

This site is located within the urban built-up area and is occupied by long-established development.  While mature trees exist, the undeveloped portions of the site are not in a naturalized state.  A major objective of the redevelopment includes maintaining as many of the existing mature street trees as possible, as they contribute to both the cultural heritage and streetscape value of Albert Street.  

Is Queen’s planning to build more residences?

The Campus Master Plan identifies areas for potential future residence development. The CMP is a long-term planning document, last updated in 2014, which is intended to make sure development is planned with input from the community and done in a thoughtful way and to minimize impacts to nearby residents. We anticipate that document will be reviewed within five years, and will again involve community consultation.

Is Queen’s planning a large expansion of student enrolment?

A new residence is required to accommodate modest planned enrolment growth, provide some upper year bed spaces and some swing space to address larger deferred maintenance projects within existing buildings. Enrolment targets are approved by Senate and enrolment planning is overseen by the university’s Strategic Enrolment Management Group (SEMG), whose mandate and membership is described here.  All enrolment plans are taken through the Senate approval process annually.  Building a new residence supports the university’s approach to enrolment growth, by ensuring there is a place for every first year student to live in residence.

What measures are in place to mitigate the impact on the surrounding area from students living in the new Residence?

It’s important that students understand their role as both Queen’s students and Kingston residents, when they first arrive in Kingston.  We communicate with residents and their families about this prior to arrival and Residence staff speak to first-year students beginning on move in day about respect for others and the impact their choices and behaviours have on their neighbours, both within residence buildings and the surrounding community.  Common spaces are available throughout our buildings where students can study, gather and socialize within their floor communities.  An upper year student, called a Don, lives on each Residence floor and is responsible for managing the community and addressing inappropriate activity.  Students living in residence are held accountable through the Queen’s Student Code of Conduct and the Residence Community Standards.